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From Breeders' Plots to the Farmers' Fields


Farmers count on South Dakota State University plant breeders to develop new varieties that give crops greater yield potential and make them more resistant to diseases. The university fulfills its commitment to producers through a licensing...
14-Apr-2015 2:05 PM EDT

Luring Deer Away From Livestock Feed with Fall Cover Crops


During long Midwest winters, deer can wreak havoc on hay and other stored livestock feed. However, planting fall cover crops, such as clover, turnips and peas, may help wildlife managers provide deer with a nutrient-rich alternative that can lure...
20-Feb-2015 2:00 PM EST

New Biotechnology Center Targets Cancer, Viruses, Plant Genetics


Scientists will examine living cells at a molecular level to find out how cells become cancerous, how viruses attack animals and humans and how plants can capture more nitrogen through a new collaborative research center called Biochemical...
5-Feb-2015 4:00 PM EST

Transforming Biochar Into Activated Carbon


It’s about transforming corn stover, dried distillers grain solids and even native grasses into a product more than 1,000 times more valuable—graphene. Assistant professor Zhengrong Gu of the South Dakota State University agricultural and...
30-Jan-2015 11:00 AM EST

82-Year-Old Reveals Childhood Memories at College Orphanage


Lola (Swedlund) Stampe sat on a secret for 82 years. Though she’s not exactly sure why, Lola never told anyone she was an orphan in South Dakota State College’s practice cottage in the 1930s. “I guess I just kind of washed it out of my...
16-Jan-2015 12:00 PM EST

Developing Vaccines for Insect-Borne Viruses


Rift Valley Fever, a mosquito-borne disease, can devastate a sheep herd causing 90 percent mortality in lambs and 100 percent abortion rates in pregnant ewes. Current vaccines either don’t provide long-term immunity or cause spontaneous abortions...
15-Jan-2015 4:00 PM EST

Smart Phones, Social Media Encourage Healthy Habits


Technology may be the key to helping college-age adults make healthier choices when it comes to food and physical activity. The Youth Adults Eating and Active for Health project found that participants in the intervention groups ate more fruits and...
6-Jan-2015 10:00 AM EST

NSF Grant Uses Macrosystems Approach to Determine Fate of Great Plains Wetlands Species


Distance matters. When a pond vanishes, the creatures who live there must find new homes. How far frogs, salamanders and ducks must travel to find other wetlands determines their fate. Through a $2.1 million National Science Foundation Grant,...
20-Oct-2014 3:00 PM EDT

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Utilities Companies Must Adapt to Renewable Energy Sources


13-Apr-2015 2:05 PM EDT

Veterinarian Addresses Avian Influenza Outbreak in Midwest


6-Apr-2015 2:05 PM EDT

New Imaging Tool Targets Degenerative Diseases


Figuring out what’s happening at a cellular and molecular level may help scientists develop ways to treat or prevent age-related, neurogenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. Through National Institutes of Health funding,...
30-Mar-2015 3:05 PM EDT

Wildfire Expert Available to Comment on Earth Hour, Carbon Emissions


27-Mar-2015 1:05 PM EDT

Aviation Expert Available to Discuss Germanwings Plane Crash


27-Mar-2015 11:05 AM EDT

“Prairie Doc” Is a Strong Advocate for Vitamin D to Fight Depression, Other Ailments


26-Mar-2015 9:05 AM EDT

Tailoring Sow’s Diet to Nutritional Needs May Lead to Healthier Piglets


Fulfilling a sow’s increased nutritional needs in the last trimester may lead to greater productivity for both the mother and her piglets, according to assistant professor Crystal Levesque of the South Dakota State University Department of Animal...
20-Mar-2015 3:05 PM EDT

Detecting Cyanide Poisoning in 70 Seconds


A victim of cyanide poisoning can die within 30 minutes.The diagnostic test to determine cyanide exposure takes 24 hours.Two chemists at South Dakota State University have developed a prototype that can detect exposure to cyanide in 70 seconds via a...
12-Mar-2015 11:05 AM EDT

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